Kristi Maine is an amazing momma and a previous doula client, who is now getting into the essential oils. At first I was a little wary of them, but now I am so excited to use them with my clients! I have seen clary sage first hand bring on contractions, I’ve seen Vetiver calm a child down in the midst of a tantrum, and lavender put adults and children to sleep. Convinced yet? Here is some information from Kristi:
I am thrilled that you are interested in learning more about the life enhancing benefits of doTERRA essential oils! As you know, I became a true believer and fell in love with these oils when I experienced so much success within my own family. It feels great turning to a natural remedy to heal your family instead of reaching in the medicine cabinet.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. While they are beautiful and powerfully fragrant, the use goes well beyond their fragrant appeal. Used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as a natural alternative in holistic self-care practices. Their unique chemistry allows them to be used aromatically and applied topically to the skin, while some oils can even be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.
TERRA essential oils represent the safest, purest essential oils available in the world today. Each oil is carefully extracted ensuring a consistently powerful user experience. They are 100% pure aromatic extracts and contain no artificial ingredients and are tested to be free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
Three uses for essential oils:
Aromatic – Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Beyond the emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens.
Topical – Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. The chemical structure also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the day. When applied to the bottom of the feet, they reach the bloodstream within 30 seconds.
Because of their potency, it is best to dilute with a carrier oil when using on infants or children (I recommend fractionated coconut oil). Massage the diluted oils on their feet, covering them with socks right after to keep the child from touching the oils. Remember these are very concentrated so use only 1-2 drops of essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil. A little goes a long way!
Internal – Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Make sure to follow the appropriate dietary supplement facts on the label.
While it can be overwhelming to know which oils will be the best fit for you and your family, doTERRA does offer a Family Physician Kit which contains the most common oils used for proactive family health. I have attached a spreadsheet of the most common oils and how they can be used in your home. I’ve also included my favorite diffusers and carrier oils that I buy from Amazon.
There are many resources that can also help you learn more about how to use essential oils and how to start exploring which ones would be best for you based on different ailments or needs. Two of my favorites include the book “Modern Essentials: A contemporary guide to the Therapeutic uses of Esesntial Oils” and also the website: www.everythingessential.me/index.html. Please let me know what questions you have regarding these amazing and life changing essential oils!